Experience the wild beauty the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument on a full-day tour from Portland. Join your naturalist guide for a day of spelunking into Ape Cave, educational nature walks, wildlife spotting, snapping photos and viewing the ‘Blast Zone’ of the still active volcano.
Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument private tour from Portland
Head underground to Ape Cave, the largest continuous lava tube in the continental US
Take amazing photos of the volcano’s steaming crater and glacier
Enjoy nature walks, and learn about the unique geological landscape and wildlife from an expert guide
Take a snowshoe hike in winter months when the Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed
Lunch, all equipment and round-trip downtown Portland hotel transport by private luxury van included
Your approximate 12-hour trip begins with an early morning pickup from your downtown Portland hotel. Relax as your luxury coach winds through southern Washington State en route to Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument. Be sure to bring snacks and water along for the 3.5-hour ride!
Upon arrival, head directly to Ape Cave, a popular hiking destination and the longest continuous lava tube in the continental US. Here, you’ll get the rare chance to go spelunking under the advisement of your expert guide.
Next, visit the Mount St Helens Visitor Center for an educational journey into the still active volcano that last erupted in 1980, when it spread hundreds of tons of ash across western Washington and beyond. Tour in and around the 'Blast Zone,' snap photos, and enjoy guided commentary on the ongoing reforestation project and the recovery of the surrounding ecosystem.
Pause for a fresh organic lunch (see below for a sample menu) before continuing to Johnston Ridge Observatory for unbeatable views of the steaming crater and glacier. From here, accompany your guide on an informative nature walk, learning about the geological events that led to the 1980 eruption. Enjoy chance sightings of deer, elk, beaver and native birds while discovering the science behind volcano monitoring and what the historic Mount St Helens blast taught scientists.
Afterward, hop back in the coach for the scenic return trip to Portland, arriving back at your hotel in the evening.
Note: Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed in winter. During this time, you’ll drive as far as possible and take a snowshoe hike.
Sample Lunch Menu:
• Locally sourced roasted chicken breast • Quinoa or lentil salad • Organic green salad with local ingredients
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